• The first myth is: Fresh food is always better than canned. Nope. Researchers found that some canned food is better. For example, sweet corn has higher amounts of the antioxidants that fight against heart disease and cancer. And canned pumpkin has 500 percent more vitamin A than fresh pumpkin. That's because canned food is processed at the peak of ripeness. Fresh produce begins losing vitamins the minute it's picked, and sometimes it doesn't even arrive at the grocery store for more than 2 weeks.
  • Myth number 2 is: If you've got a delicate stomach, you have to avoid hot peppers and other spicy foods. Wrong again! A study at the University of Bologna in Italy studied capsacin (cap-SAY-sin), the chemical that makes hot peppers hot. And they discovered it works like a mild anaesthetic. Capsacin seems to deaden nerve fibers in your stomach lining. And volunteers who suffer from chronic stomach troubles felt 60 percent better when taking daily capsacin tablets that were the equivalent of 2 spicy meals.
  • And the final food myth is that pans with non-stick coatings like Teflon are safe for pets. Not exactly. Fumes from overheated pans are toxic enough to kill your pet bird. Pans and cookie sheets are unlikely to emit toxic fumes, unless you leave an empty one heating on the stove. But if you've got birds, the last place you want to keep them is in the kitchen. That's because even normal cooking and cleaning smells can make pet birds really sick.